Art gallery hosting Coney Island ‘Sideshow’ exhibit, sale

NEW YORK – The whoosh of a roller coaster on its downward trajectory, the sugary smell

of cotton candy and salt water taffy, the sideshow barker’s incessant chant all played their roles in creating indelible memories for the millions of people who visited Coney Island

Cast iron and enamel clown sign, 47 inches by 47 inches, circa 1940s, from Midwest amusement park found in Chicago. (Photo courtesy Ross Art Group)

Cast iron and enamel clown sign, 47 inches by 47 inches, circa 1940s, from Midwest amusement park found in Chicago. (Photo courtesy Ross Art Group)

over the last century. While the golden era of New York’s most beloved amusement park has come and gone, relics of Coney Island’s colorful history and photos of its cast of performers move back into the spotlight in “Sideshow,” an exhibition and sale running through May 25 at The Ross Art Group’s Manhattan gallery.

The exhibition chronicles roughly the first 50 years of Coney Island – whose first enclosed amusement park area opened in 1895 – with additional pieces from other early

20th-century carnivals and circuses. Selected highlights from the 75-piece Sideshow exhibition include a circa-1920 coin-op baseball trade stimulator, one of perhaps three known, and circus and other posters, including an original for the Belgian release of the 1932 film “Freaks.”

The Ross Art Group’s gallery (www.rossartgroup.com) is located at 532 Madison Ave., 4th Floor (entry on 54th Street), New York, N.Y. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday. For more information , contact 212-223-1525 or sales@rossartgroup.com.

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